Sunday, September 18, 2011
www. Goats 101
As you may have read the other day, now that we have somewhere to put them, we are in the market for some goats. Initially I was searching only for Nubians, but now I am thinking Pygmies are what I'm looking for. What made me change my mind? Well, to tell the truth, the nearby fires killed the three Nubians I was in the process of buying, so I impatiently looked on Craigslist for other goats for sale, and there were a lot of Pygmies (cheaper, too). But when I researched Pygmies, I learned something I was glad to hear: Higher milkfat content than Nubians.
I like butter. We use a good bit of butter in our house, and I want it for free. One of the preps I lack is butter. I tried some dehydrated butter but it totally didn't make the cut. Great for mashed potatoes or things with butter IN them, but not for toast. Preparedness Pro cans her own butter and I have no doubt, but that's a lot of glass jars, and I'd like a sustainable source.
Hence the goats. Milk, cheese, butter, and the occasional cabrito. Excellent!! Here are the websites I've found that are really informative.
Burdizzo/ Ritchey Nipper (fixing/ modern "castration")
Home Dairy supplies
The Modern Dairy Goat (PDF)
Fiasco Farm (great informative site)
Tall Grass Farm Another good site for scrolling
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